Queen’s medal honour for Barley stalwart Audrey

Audrey Weatherill
Audrey Weatherill

A Pendle woman who has given four decades of service to community life has been honoured.

Audrey Weatherill was made an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to Barley.

She has been involved with Barley Village Hall for over 40 years and is currently the booking secretary.

Mrs Weatherill has also been a long time and highly regarded member of Barley WI and served as the County Chairman of the Lancashire Federation of Women’s Institutes for four years.

The news of the OBE comes just over a year after the death of Mrs Weatherill’s husband David, who was also heavily involved with the village hall, as chairman for decades and organiser of the Barley Model Exhibition.

Mrs Weatherill is delighted but has had to remain quiet about the honour for a six week period.

She said: “I first found out on April 29th but I’ve not been able to tell anybody about it.

“I was away all weekend representing the WI at its annual meeting in Brighton and it was difficult not to mention it.

“But it was very nice to be around friends when it was announced or by those who had read it in the paper.

“I was able to tell the family about and had to trust they would not tell anyone.

“It’s quite a shock and I think it will take a while to sink in. It’s nice to be recognised and the family are thrilled to bits.”